A Cetti’s Warbler seen and heard giving ‘quiet GS Woodpecker’ type calls by the green box (Birdlog) on the telegraph pole en route to No.1 tank. No song – female? Lots of singing male Chiffchaff on the move – low double figures south bank of No.6 tank and along Half Furlong Lane.
Observer: Pete Marsh.
I had a walk along Moorditch Lane. There were at least 6 Chiffchaff (4 singing, 2 calling), a Skylark singing north of the lane, 8 Meadow Pipit over and 1 singing on No.6 tank.
The main pool is interesting – if you look at it for ages the birds on there hardly change but the minute you turn your back something else arrives or something goes! So on the pool at dawn were 24 Mute Swan but only 4 when I did the walk, the only waders at dawn were a handful of Lapwing but when I wasn’t looking 25 Knot appeared. A Ringed Plover called (and 2 were seen in flight over No.6 tank on the 24th). There were 10 Tufted Duck (only 3 females), 69 Teal, 12 Mallard (40 the previous day), 1 Shelduck and a Grey Heron. 11 Common Gull lounged on the edge of the pool.
Continuing along the lane there was a little flock of 5 Goldfinch, 2 Chaffinch were singing, 5 Reed Bunting calling, 2 Dunnock being frisky, 3 Magpie chattering and a Blackbird feeding. 6 Raven overhead were interacting.
I found a little pond in the NE corner of No.6 tank which I hadn’t seen before. There was a Little Grebe, 2 Coot and a male Gadwall. A Buzzard flew over. (Later in the morning there were at least 8 Buzzard thermalling over No.6 tank, one of which was the pale one that does a good imitation of a Rough-legged Buzzard except it doesn’t have black tail band. The latter went very high and headed off NE, the others stayed over the area for hours).
The female Merlin zipped about spooking small birds on no.6 tank.
As a reminder that it was still winter for some species, 2 Fieldfare flew off from the remnants of the hedge. On the way back were reminders that spring has arrived as a couple of queen bumble bees emerged from the grass on the bank and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly was seen.
Observer: Jean Roberts.
I bumped into Arthur after work and we walked along the track above No.6 tank where there were low numbers of ducks which included: 17 Tufted Duck, 12 Common Shelduck, 68 Common Teal and 8 Shoveler.
No.3 tank was low key with the Canada Goose herd still including Barnacle (Bill) Goose and his partner the ‘Princess Fiona’ hybrid goose. On the scrape pools were 12 Common Teal, 6 Shoveler, 1 Ruff, 3 Redshank and 7 Common Snipe.
The usual assortment of corvids included the ever-present Ravens.
Observers; Arthur Harrison, WSM (and images).